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Thursday, Jan 18

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Garcia shoots 66 to share clubhouse lead

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Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Mcllroy’s patience tested on return

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Rory McIlroy's patience was tested Thursday on his comeback and he needed three late birdies to register a 3-under 69 that left him three strokes behind first-round leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara at the Abu Dhabi HSBC…

Warriors equal team record with 14th road win in a row

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Klay Thompson scored 38 points and Stephen Curry added 30 to spark defending NBA champion Golden State over Chicago 119-112 Wednesday, giving the Warriors a club record-matching 14th consecutive road victory.

Wawrinka, Muguruza out as heat soars in Australia

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Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open.

United to give Sanchez highest EPL salary

Manchester United are set to land Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal by making him the Premier League’s highest paid player, according to several reports Thursday.

Pique extends Barcelona deal until 2022, further boosting the resurgent club

Barcelona were given a fresh boost Thursday when key defender Gerard Pique signed a contract extension until 2022.

Son rises to celebrated status in Premier League

He’s the humble Tottenham attacker in the form of his life, breaking records in the Premier League and helping to carry his nation’s hopes heading into the World Cup.

Dortmund deny contact with Arsenal for Aubameyang

Borussia Dortmund said Thursday they have had no contact with Arsenal amidst reports their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is chasing a move to the Premier League giants.

Leading Cedars Lebanon football team ranked 84th in the world

Lebanon reached their highest ever FIFA ranking of 84 Thursday, eclipsing their previous record of 85 that had stood for 20 years.

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Playing in heat was a risk, says Monfils

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Gael Monfils said playing Novak Djokovic in temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius Thursday was a 'risk' to health and that the 25-second rule between points should have been relaxed.

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Kerber sets up Sharapova clash of the champions

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Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday Thursday by setting up a mouth-watering clash between the only two former Australian Open champions left in the draw.

Djokovic wears down Monfils for draining win

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Six-time champion Novak Djokovic battled to a four-set victory over Gael Monfils in brutal heat to reach the third round at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Wednesday, Jan 17

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Nadal wins as big guns pull off great escapes

Rafael Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round to keep his Grand Slam title hunt on track Wednesday, as Caroline Wozniacki and Grigor Dimitrov pulled off great escapes to stay in contention.

Davis scores 45 as Pelicans defeat Celtics

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Anthony Davis scored 45 points as the New Orleans Pelicans jolted the Boston Celtics 116-113 in an overtime thriller at the TD Garden Tuesday.

Sharapova gets patience test with Melbourne set to sizzle

Maria Sharapova returns to Rod Laver Arena for the first time since her drug ban for a second round match against Anastasija Sevastova Thursday as players, officials and fans alike prepare for sweltering heat at the Australian Open.

Ronaldo departure unthinkable: Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Wednesday he cannot foresee Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club, despite various reports in the Spanish media saying he is in the middle of a stand-off with president Florentino Perez over a pay…

Hotshot Aubameyang chasing move to Arsenal

Borussia Dortmund wantaway star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly close to signing for Premier League side Arsenal – with the German club in turn hoping to recruit Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.

After years of big spending, Chinese football goes quiet

In the 2017 winter transfer window, the Chinese Super League outspent the English Premier League by $422 million compared to $315 million.

Doubts over McGregor as UFC announces title fight

UFC president Dana White has said that the organization’s lightweight title will be put up for grabs in a showdown between interim holder Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, casting doubts over the reign of current champion Conor…

Ambitious Walcott joins Everton from Arsenal

Everton have signed Theo Walcott from Premier League rivals Arsenal on a 3-1/2-year deal with the forward saying he wants to take the Merseyside club to the next level.

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Agent says former World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired

Ronaldinho, "the ever-smiling magician" of Barcelona, as described by his former club, has ended his professional career.

Kyrgios deals with distractions to toss Troicki

Nick Kyrgios had to deal with off-court distractions as he brushed aside Serbian Viktor Troicki in straight sets to reach the third round at the Australian Open Wednesday.

VAR intervenes for FA Cup goal in 1st for English soccer

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In a first for English soccer, a goal was awarded thanks to the intervention of a video assistant referee as Leicester advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup Tuesday.

Nadal into 3rd round; Wozniacki saves 2 MPs to advance

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Rafael Nadal had to wait while Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points and worked her way back into the Australian Open in the preceding match on Rod Laver Arena.

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Tsonga leaps, stretches, lunges in Australian Open comeback

In a match between shot-makers new and old, this time the young kid was ultimately given a tennis lesson by the flashy veteran.

England says Stokes available for selection following charge

England allrounder Ben Stokes is available to play international cricket again while he contests a charge of affray following a violent incident outside a nightclub in September.

Jones extends England rugby contract until 2021

England coach Eddie Jones signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday that will keep him in one of rugby's most high-profile jobs until 2021.

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Pacquiao says in talks to fight Lomachenko

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Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said on Wednesday he was in talks for a blockbuster bout with world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, widely considered the best "pound-for-pound" fighter on the planet.

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Tsonga fights back to beat Shapovalov in five-set thriller

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Former winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fought back to vanquish rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov in a five-set thriller at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Wozniacki scrapes through Australian Open epic

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Caroline Wozniacki saved two match points to scrape through to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday after being 5-1 down in the final set to unheralded Jana Fett.